Imagine if a company began delivering packages via drones to consumers; well, this plan is already in place in some areas of the world, like North America and most recently the UAE, thanks to a self-flying drone delivery system.
UAE has been testing out a drone system to deliver government documents to residents, such as driving licenses, and to monitor road traffic, tells CNN Money in a post. The goal is faster service to residents.
Technology allows a remote pilot to track and control the device in real time. To find its location, the drone utilizes Google maps to identify addresses, and employs fingerprint recognition technology to confirm a recipient’s identity.
In the U.S., companies like Amazon and Google are today experimenting with airborne drones to deliver parcels to customers’ doorsteps soon after they make a purchase. Both asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for permission to start testing their drones. Also the American multinational retail corporation Walmart has recently shared an interest in the use of drones for quick delivery of items.
FAA has yet to give the thumbs up on commercial drones use, as it has yet to devise safety rules for unmanned aircrafts; however, limited trials have taken place as early as 2009 in the U.S.
Who knows for certain if self-piloting drones will be flying anytime on a regular basis? Though this technology may not be fully ready now, apparently, in the near future, it will be widespread as a means to accomplish faster, more frequent deliveries. A future service to look forward to, possibly.
Meanwhile, drones are still evolving. The holdup is the pending FAA and UAE aviation authority approval. Both entities are considering any impacts on public safety. Drones do make use of sensor technology to avoid collisions every time they get airborne but the efficacy is still to be fully tested; there is also a privacy issue.
The prospect of expanded use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), colloquially known as drones, has raised understandable concerns especially about their commercial use; oversight measures are needed to prevent potential problems and to protect citizens’ privacy from aerial surveillance. These concerns have called for strict regulations on the use of drones.
Regulations governing the commercial use of unmanned aircraft are in the works to ensure that self-piloting drones can demonstrate safe operations and to minimize the risks of hijacking when carrying vital supplies or data. Commercial use of drones in Dubai have been recently cleared and regulated by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
So far, drones have proven effective to carry out deliveries in the US and UAE. Therefore, one can expect the use of UAVs, both in terms of numbers and usage, to grow rapidly in the coming years and open the flood gates of an untapped market.
Additionally, drones have been used in other occasions, such as for patrolling a perimeter, to capture Hi-resolution video (and even audio) during surveillance missions and be able to view what is going on from a certain distance away in real-time or from recordings.
But, additional concerns are over the possibility that thousands of drones will be crowding the skies one day.
In the meantime, all kinds of industries have announced their desire for drone initiatives and given thought of some uses and feasibility of integration of this new technology in a safe and legal manner.